Dear Curtin families,
Welcome to Term 3! It is wonderful to see students back at school energised and ready to learn. We hope you enjoyed some family time during the break and look forward to an exciting term of learning and community events. We congratulate Kindergarten students on their 100th day of school today!!! Congratulations also to their families. 100 days of uniforms and lunchboxes is a lot of work.
Cultural Integrity at Curtin
Creating an environment of cultural integrity at Curtin is a priority to all staff at Curtin. We have a committee of staff led by Karen Kennedy who are leading our work in ensuring our learning programs and school events provide students with opportunities to explore the diversity of their world and possess a deep understanding of Australia, particularly our histories cultures.
Students at Curtin represent 47 countries around the world, and our common experience is that we meet each day on the lands of the Ngunnawal people. In paying respect to this, we aim to teach the histories, cultures and strength of contemporary Aboriginal Australia through the authentic learning program in the classroom. To support this we are working to build connections with the Ngunnawal community and Canberra Aboriginal community to create more visible presence of Aboriginal cultures in our school.
Next Friday, 2 August, students will attend a gathering to recognise and celebrate NAIDOC week. Local educator, Duncan Smith will be providing immersion in some cultural practices and students will be presenting the Acknowledgments of Country created in preparation for NAIDOC week.
Performing Arts Experience
In partnership with the P&C, Curtin is hosting performing arts specialist, Mr Tim, during this term. Mr Tim has worked in the school twice previously in 2015 and 2017. Many of you will have been involved in those performances. Mr Tim will work with students over 4 days to prepare and stage a concert that families will be able to attend.
Junior school classes will hold their performing arts week in week 4 (12-16 August, with the performance on the evening of Thursday 15 August).
Senior school classes will hold their performing arts week in week 5 (19-23 August, with the performance on the evening of Thursday 22 August).
This project provides all students with a positive experience of performing for an audience and the short time period means that we are able to maintain classroom learning throughout the term. The timing also allows us to link classroom and performance experiences with the 2019 Book Week and the theme, Reading is my Superpower.
To culminate this, on Monday 26 August, we invite all students to dress up as a favourite book character for the day and participate in a small class parade at lines. As a school that is mindful of sustainability, we encourage families now to think about how you might design a costume with materials around your home, or through reusable items. Costumes should be inspired by books, characters and the ‘super powers’ related to reading. Please avoid purchasing new costumes that won’t be reused, or dressing up as television characters. Book Week is a chance to emphasise the love of reading and literature, and want all students to come away with ideas of some books to explore.
On Monday 26 August, parents and carers are welcome to attend school from 9.00 to see classes share costumes with the junior or senior school at lines.
At the beginning of this year, the process of installing a fence around the perimeter of the school commenced with information and consultation. We have been advised that installation will commence some time in this term. After consideration of submissions, the proposed fence is the standard Education Directorate style, which is a 2.1 metre tall black bar fence, with flattened points on top. This is the design that, in other schools, has proven most effective, and the safest if it is climbed. Weekend access to the grounds will be possible and can be negotiated with the community once the fence is installed. The plan for the fence line is available for viewing at the front office.
While the decision to install a fence inspired a range of emotions through the community, now a decision has been made, we are excited about the possibilities to provide more flexible play for individuals, and developing the play environment and gardens in the school. We thank our P&C for their work to ensure the updates to the groups will also include the super slides and congratulate those community members who worked tirelessly to achieve their fundraising goal.
We look forward to sharing our enhanced school environment into the future.
Yours in learning,